Anna Marie “Chickadee” Shannon Cardwell, 20, reportedly gave media permission this weekend to identify her as the alleged victim of Mark McDaniel who reportedly molested her forcing himself orally and anally on her between 2002-2003. She told June “Mama” Shannon at the time and it went to court but Anna’s case was later DISMISSED. Mark was, however, sent to prison for 10 years for molesting another child soon after (hence earlier confusion surrounding the dates of the incident relative to Anna’s age).
In any case, Mark IS a convicted predator and he is registered as a sex offender in Georgia. And June HAS been photographed with him since his March release.
Anna has released more information about her childhood and her relationship with her mother.
She told RadarOnline, “I believe she is seeing him and hanging around him. I’m hurt.” Adding, “I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over.”
She later told PEOPLE, when she was 8 Mark “would try and touch me and all that stuff”. She told her mother about the abuse and her mother didn’t believe her. “A week or so after it happened, I talked to Mama and she was upset, crying and saying, ‘I don’t believe you, I don’t believe you, why would you do this to me?’ And I was like, ‘Mama, he did that to me and I can’t do anything about it. You were never there to see it you were always at work.'”
Now her mother has been seen with Mark over and over, she adds, “I’m just confused. I’m hearing one story from Mama and another one from someone else.” June issued a Facebook denial. Anna says, “Mama said the story isn’t true and she said she hasn’t seen Mark since he’s been out of jail… My whole body believes that she is telling the truth but my mind is going back and forth from – you know, hey, she’s telling the truth or she’s not telling the truth, but most of me believes her.”
After the molestation by her mother’s then-boyfriend (June and Mark were dating at the time) and her mother taking her boyfriend’s side, Anna moved out and lived with her grandmother. Where she remained until shortly before Honey Boo Boo started filming so she and her mother could fix their relationship. “Me and Mama realized we needed to put this behind us and get our relationship back on track and that’s what we did and that’s what we have been doing.”
She continues, if her mother is dating or is friends with her molester, “I would feel hurt. I would not feel betrayed, but I would feel hurt. You know the past should be in the past and it should stay in the past and not come back out… I would not let her see [my two-year-old daughter] Kaitlyn unless Mark is out of the picture or away because I don’t want him nowhere near my child. Nowhere close to her.”
Previously, TMZ reported that Mama and Mark went house shopping and car shopping – she ended up buying him a car for $25,000 CASH. June and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon both went on Facebook to deny that the former is seeing Mark. However, shortly after, TMZ posted photos of Mark, Mama, his son and Pumpkin getting out of a car together while house hunting a few weeks ago. Which means they both lied to protect the molester and that June is still giving a convicted child molester access to her minor children with no regard to their safety. As she seems to be providing Mark access to her kids and lying to protect him, child protective services and local police have been notified.
June insists to this day that she is not dating Mark, she apparently never did believe Anna or that Mark was guilty. However, TLC immediately cancelled the show anyway.